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Pope names new nuncio to Manila

New Vatican envoy, 16th to Philippines, comes to Asia after service in Chile

The new apostolic nuncio to the Philippines, Giuseppe Pinto (photo: diario.latercera.com) The new apostolic nuncio to the Philippines, Giuseppe Pinto (photo: diario.latercera.com)
  • Sean Salvador, Manila
  • Philippines
  • May 10, 2011
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Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Most Rev. Giuseppe Pinto as the new apostolic nuncio to the Philippines.

Archbishop Pinto will succeed Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams who has been reassigned to Greece.

Archbishop Pinto’s appointment was officially announced in Rome today at 12 noon local time.

A native of Bari, Italy, Archbishop Pinto was born on May 26, 1952, and ordained as a priest on April 1, 1978. He holds a doctorate in Canon Law and is fluent in Italian, French, English and Spanish.

Archbishop Pinto entered the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See on May 1, 1984, and has served successively in Papua New Guinea, Argentina and the Secretariat of State in Vatican City.

He also served as apostolic nuncio to Senegal, Cape Verde, Mali and Guinea-Bissau, and has been assigned as Apostolic Delegate to Mauritania.

Prior to his current appointment, the archbishop was apostolic nuncio in Chile since 2007.

Archbishop Pinto will be the 16th in the line of Apostolic Delegates and Apostolic nuncios to the Philippines.

An apostolic nuncio or papal legate is considered the representative or ambassador of the Holy See to the bishops of the Episcopal Conference and particular churches.

His principal task, according to Church law, is to make firm and effective the bonds of unity between the Pope and the heads of States and the bishops.

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